Vital Signs NORTH!
- There’s a new group of (amazing!) teachers in Central Aroostook County who are excited to get their students contributing to Vital Signs.
Schools in the mix were:
Easton Junior-Senior High School
Fort Street Elementary School
Caribou Middle School
Fort Fairfield Middle School
Fort Fairfield Elementary School
Central Aroostook Junior-Senior High School
Washburn District High School
Francis Malcolm Science Center
Presque Isle High School
Woodland Consolidated School
After investigating Japanese knotweed, the teachers came to a strong and unanimous conclusion that Maine needs more data collectors and species observations in Aroostook County. We agree! They envision their students being pioneers for the Vital Signs community. Many hope to start getting more markers on the Vital Signs map in the coming weeks.
Three incredible teacher Leaders shared their experiences, expertise, and excitement with this new group of teachers. Big thanks go to leaders Mary Kate Povak from SoDeMoCha School in Dover Foxcroft, Sarah Mulcahy from Woodland School in Baileyville, and Linda McDermott from Madawaska High School. Mary Kate shared a story of a low-performing student shining during her Vital Signs fieldwork, and of the palpable energy in the room when students were publishing their species observations. Sarah explained how Vital Signs can really work across subjects with multi-teacher teams. Linda shared how she uses both a team approach and individual investigations to hit different learning goals. Sarah and Linda shared how Oh Deer (magically) gets students tuned in and turned onto graphs in ways traditional approaches fall short. Vital Signs and math are an excellent match. Cool stories.
Keep your eyes on the map (north of Bangor) in the coming months! We’re excited to see these new teachers join the efforts of Mary Kate, Sarah, and Linda in northern Maine!